Twenty Two Designs Axl Telemark Binding

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Twenty Two Designs Axl Telemark Binding -

The long-awaited TwentyTwo Designs Axl Telemark binding. The Axl sports a bombproof 6-hole mounting pattern, long-lasting chrome die springs, and a front assembly built of tough stainless steel. TwentyTwo Designs has taken advantage of a unique beta test program to gather input from hundreds of skiers and to use the experience to refine the Axl's design. In fact, most of the parts of the binding have been improved.

Lining and Layers:

  • Free pivot point located directly under the 3-pin line takes the resistance out of skinning up hill; lock the pivot point down when you're ready to link turns


  • The spring-loaded HammerHeel is the easiest to use climber available; Flip it up or down with your ski pole


  • Size small for boots sized Mondo 25 and under; size large for Mondo 25.5 and up

Weather and Wind:

  • The first free-pivot binding with three cable guide positions. Optimize your bindings for your skiing style and snow conditions


  • Made in the USA


  • Optimize the feel of the bindings by selecting 1 of 3 cable guide positions; move the pin forward for a more neutral feel and back for a more active feel
  • Cables routed underfoot for maximum control; plastic boots flex at the bellows instead of tip-toeing
  • Over 2 in. of spring travel for smooth action and durability
  • 2,000-lb. test cable and solid steel toe pieces withstand hard use in the mountains
  • 6-hole mounting pattern creates a solid connection to the ski
  • Cables and springs are routed underfoot to allow telemark boots to flex naturally at the bellows; springs provide more than 2 in. of travel
  • 2 Year Warranty
  • Ultra-secure mounting pattern

The TwentyTwo Designs Axl telemark bindings get you deep into the backcountry and won't disappoint as you carve the steeps and catch air on the way back to your ride home.

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Activity:Backcountry skiing
Adjustment range:Unavailable
Binding Type:Telemark
Boot compatibility:Telemark
Pivot location:directly under pin-line
Riser height:1.1 in. or 28mm at rear, with a 2 degree ramp
Snow Type:Mixed
Super durable:2000 lb test cable attachments won't break, toepiece forces transmitted steel-to-steel
Weight:3.7 lb / 1.68 kg(S); 3.9 lb / 1.77 kg(L)
Weight per pair:1,769 grams
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Twenty Two Designs Axl Telemark Binding Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

Best Tele Binding

The Hammerhead has been considered the ultimate tele binding by providing the best lateral power transfer, bomber construction and stability. However, the Hammerhead had one flaw in its lack of the free pivot point. The Axl combined the great cosntruction from the Hammerhead with a well functioning pivot point and it is now without a doubt the standard for tele binding ( although it may be rivaled by the NTN). I have abused my binding with multiple backcountry trips and with over 40 days inbound and the binding has been awesome. If you are a true tele skier, read the reviews in Telemark Mag or Backcountry for validation.
Tele Dream at REI on 04/04/2011

best binding for backcountry downhill

We have two pairs of Axls in my house--50-75 days on them at least between the two. We also own Voile Switchbacks and an NTN setup. The Switchbacks are lighter and more efficient uphill, and the NTN gives better control in a resort, but the Axl has the best balance of uphill and downhill performance. 22 Designs had some heel throws break (including one of ours when over-tightened) in the 2009-2010 season. They sent a free replacement as soon as I called, and my understanding is that the problem has been resolved. The broken throw didn't damage the cable or interfere with finishing the ski day.
fogey at REI on 04/04/2011

Didn't know what I was missing, Awesome!

I switched from the G3 Targa to the Axl. The difference was dramatic and immediate. I instantly felt like my trailing foot maintained power and my boot flexed at the bellows (no more floppy rear ski).

I've only spent three days on them so far on resorts, but I am looking forward to the free pivot and my next backcountry trip. Awesome binding!

Overall, I added weight compared to the G3 Targa's but it was well worth it.
SkiMaine at REI on 03/03/2012

love theses bindings!

I LOVED how easy it was to change from touring to active mode. I am used to the older HH bindings which were IMPOSSIBLE to switch under snowy conditions. These do NOT ice up or jam up at all. Completely friction-free uphill for climbing. Even the pin change for how active you want these changes easily. Installation was about average difficulty. Instructions were fine for that.
Becca Hiker at REI on 03/03/2012

Negative Reviews:

busted heel thorw

The heel thorw busted in the shop while the binding was being mounted! 22 design tells me others have had this problem. Axl users beware! My volie heel throw has never failed in 15 years of use. this is not a good sign!
AdamS at REI on 02/02/2011